Mock Test #1 – Road Rules, Signs, and Signals

Driver's Mock Test #1 - Road Rules

#1: A pedestrian carrying a white cane with a red band:

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Particularly vulnerable pedestrians include deafblind people who may be carrying a white cane with a red band or using a dog with a red and white harness. They may not see or hear instructions or signals.

Highway code rule: 207.

#2: You are driving on a motorway. By mistake, you go past the exit that you wanted to take. What should you do?

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If you have missed your exit, or have taken the wrong route, carry on to the next exit. Never reverse, cross the central reservation, or drive against the traffic flow.

Highway code rule: 263.

#3: When are you allowed to stop and wait in a box junction?

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Box junctions have criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road. You are allowed enter the box and wait when you want to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right. In other situations you must not enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear.

Highway code rule: 174.

#4: Who must give way when a vehicle joins the motorway?

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When you join the motorway you will normally approach it from a road on the left (a slip road) or from an adjoining motorway. You should give priority to traffic already on the motorway.

Highway code rule: 259.

#5: Which of these signs means there is a traffic signal ahead?

 
 
 
 
Traffic signals are ahead. Slow down and be ready to stop.

#6: A red line along the side of the road means:

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Red lines are used on some roads instead of yellow lines. Red Routes indicate that stopping to park, load/unload or to board and alight from a vehicle (except for a licensed taxi or if you hold a Blue Badge) is prohibited.

A single red line means that stopping is prohibited at certain times. The times that the red line prohibitions apply are shown on nearby signs.

A double red line means no stopping at any time.

Highway code rules: 240, 247.

#7: Which sign indicates that you must give way to vehicles from the opposite direction?

 
 
 
 
Priority must be given to vehicles from the opposite direction on a narrow length of road.

#8: When being followed by an ambulance showing a flashing blue beacon you should:

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When emergency and incident support vehicles approach do not panic. Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass, while complying with all traffic signs. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or narrow section of road.

Highway code rule: 219.

#9: A driver in front gives this arm signal. What does it mean?

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For slowing down, extend the right hand at shoulder level with palm facing downward, and wave it downwards and upwards.

Use an arm signal to emphasise or reinforce your signal lights if necessary.

Highway code rule: 103.

#10: In which situation are you allowed to overtake another vehicle on the left?

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Stay in your lane if traffic is moving slowly in queues. If the queue on your right is moving more slowly than you are, you may pass on the left.

Highway code rule: 163.

#11: You are driving on a dual carriageway. How can you spot a powered vehicle used by disabled people?

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On a dual carriageway where the speed limit exceeds 50 mph (80 km/h) powered vehicles used by disabled people must have a flashing amber beacon.

Highway code rules: 220, 46.

#12: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. This diamond-shaped speed sign is intended for:

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The sign shown indicates the speed limit for tramcars. It is diamond in shape to distinguish it from signs for motor vehicles.

Remember, all diamond-shaped signs are for tram drivers only.

#13: What are the most effective ways to counter sleepiness on a long journey?

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The most effective ways to counter sleepiness are to drink, for example, two cups of caffeinated coffee and to take a short nap (at least 15 minutes).

Highway code rules: 91, 262.

#14: You are following a vehicle at a safe distance on a slippery road. Another driver pulls into the gap between you and the vehicle ahead. What is the best thing to do in this situation?

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Adjust to the new situation. Drop back to regain a safe distance.

Highway code rule: 126.

#15: How should you signal when you are going straight ahead at a roundabout?

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Signal left after you have passed the exit before the one you want.

Highway code rule: 186.

#16: You get a puncture on a motorway and manage to get your vehicle onto the hard shoulder. What should you do next?

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Do not put yourself in danger by attempting even simple repairs.

Walk to an emergency telephone on your side of the carriageway (follow the arrows on the posts at the back of the hard shoulder). The telephone is free of charge and connects directly to the Highways Agency or the police. Use these in preference to a mobile phone.

Highway code rule: 275.

#17: When a doctor prescribes drugs which are likely to affect your driving, you should:

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You must not drive under the influence of drugs or medicine.

Check the instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Using illegal drugs is highly dangerous. Never take them if you intend to drive - the effects are unpredictable, but can be even more severe than alcohol and may result in fatal or serious road crashes.

Highway code rule: 96.

#18: You are on a motorway. Unless signs show a lower speed limit you must not exceed:

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Unless otherwise posted, you may not exceed 70 mph on a motorway.

National speed limits for cars and motorcycles are: 30 mph (48 km/h) in built-up areas, 60 mph (96 km/h) on single carriageways, and 70 mph (112 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways.

Highway code rules: 261, 124, 125.

#19: The main reason for having a properly adjusted head restraint is to:

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Properly adjusted head restraints help reduce the risk of neck and spine injuries in the event of a collision. Ensure that they are adjusted before setting off.

Highway code rule: 97.

#20: You are turning right onto a dual carriageway. It has a very narrow central reservation. What should you do?

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When crossing or turning right onto dual carriageways, first assess whether the central reservation is deep enough to protect the full length of your vehicle.
  • If it is, then you should treat each half of the carriageway as a separate road. Wait in the central reservation until there is a safe gap in the traffic on the second half of the road.
  • If the central reservation is too shallow for the length of your vehicle, wait until you can cross both carriageways in one go.


Highway code rule: 173.

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How to Use Mock Test to Prepare for Your Driving Licence Exam

This first multiple-choice test has 20 questions about road rules, signs, and signals. You should correctly answer 17 of these questions before continuing. Result is shown at the end of the test!

Like all of our mock tests, questions are drawn from a larger pool – a different pool for each mock test!

U.K. Highway Code

Remember, you need to know most of the road rules found in the U.K. Highway Code to pass the exam.

The Highway Code is also an excellent source later in life, when you need to check facts or refresh your knowledge.

Study Tips

When you study the Highway Code, use notes to rewrite information with your own words. The longer, the better.

Scribbling down road rules with your own words triggers a reflecting process which helps you learn faster and better.

If possible, discuss rules, questions, and answers with a teacher or a parent. They can give you helpful advice or insights. After studying the code or handbooks, take as many practice tests as you need. Mock questions will cover all areas necessary to pass the DVSA examination. But remember, quality first, quantity second. Don’t try to memorise answers. Focus on true understanding.

You will most likely miss one or two questions on each mock test. Understand why you miss a question and try to find patterns in your weaknesses. Did you read too quickly? Did you jump at an answer without reading all options? Or did you simply not know the answer?

The best learning comes from drilling your weaknesses to perfection.

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